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post #1 of 16
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Check out the article, they are getting watchful.  

 

http://www.news.com.au/business/shoppers-on-notice-over-internet-tax-dodge/story-e6frfm1i-1226005161434

post #2 of 16

Retailers can get stuffed.

post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by matthewh133 View Post

Retailers can get stuffed.

 

^100

 

I hate whiny retailers such as Harvey Moron. Exactly what do these oafs expect when they just line their pockets instead of passing on savings due to, among other factors, the appreciating AUD?

 

And in case they haven't noticed they're not competitive against Australian online stores who actually pay GST, or even any multitude of retailers with shopfronts who sell, for example, electrical and IT goods.

post #4 of 16

The fear mongering and threats of job loss from the likes of Gerry Harvey in response to shoppers taking their business online has been disgusting. It reeks of desperation as they see their ludicrous profit margins dwindle. God, I hate seeing that smug twat on television.

post #5 of 16

Totally agree, it's a joke. They are paying less for their stock from overseas with the way our $$ is going, and do we see a drop in prices as a result? What do they expect? Everything here is overpriced.. of course people are going to look for their good elsewhere.

post #6 of 16

The only time I everwas nabbed was when I bought my camera from Hong Kong.

 

Even with the import duty, it was still cheaper than Hardly Normal....

 

 

 

 

 

post #7 of 16

I see retailers trying these scare tactics on Australian customers on other forums quite a lot.  There are a couple of major coffee-related forums, but Australians have their own, and it's set up to be extremely protectionist towards the sponsors.  Discussion of importing to save money is met with dire warnings about tax and duty, and comments from store owners telling people outright they refuse to service or provide parts for machines bought elsewhere.

post #8 of 16
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post #9 of 16

I agree that everything is overpriced here and any sensible person is gonna buy from overseas.

 

I'm not an expert on this, but if 'everyone' buys from overseas, wouldn't that hurt the Australian economy and jobs? Even if its an Australian company with warehouses overseas?

 

For e.g. In America Amazon has warehouses within the US and same in South Korea. 

 

I'm an International Student here (no PR or citizenship) so it doesn't bother me at all but it still makes me wonder.

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by sulkoudai View Post

I agree that everything is overpriced here and any sensible person is gonna buy from overseas.

 

I'm not an expert on this, but if 'everyone' buys from overseas, wouldn't that hurt the Australian economy and jobs? Even if its an Australian company with warehouses overseas?

 

For e.g. In America Amazon has warehouses within the US and same in South Korea. 

 

I'm an International Student here (no PR or citizenship) so it doesn't bother me at all but it still makes me wonder.


It all depends if you are talking short term or long term market economics, in the short term, these kinds of tactics makes the retailers take note of the situation. eg if you look at JB, some of their products are almost in line with consumer goods prices worldwide. My Xperia S i got the shock of my life when i purchased it in HK only to find out it was cheaper in Aus when it got released.

Long term yes that screws up the economy

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

Internet has changed the way we shop, it's unfortunate for employment.  The days of big shopping centres are ending.  


Edited by Audio-Omega - 12/7/12 at 8:33am
post #12 of 16

Retailers need to adapt and evolve, or just fade away. Gone are the days of Aussies being ripped off. I can't wait for Amazon to open a AU based online store!

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by dpwhitey View Post
 

Retailers need to adapt and evolve, or just fade away. Gone are the days of Aussies being ripped off. I can't wait for Amazon to open a AU based online store!

Is this something that's actually happening, or you're just hoping on?

post #14 of 16
I read this rumour 2 years ago

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/07/could-amazon-com-finally-come-to-australia/

So still hopefully optimistic
post #15 of 16

After plenty of rumours Amazon finally opened their long awaited data centre in Sydney (last year I think) so who knows...

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